Frantic all the way, and underdogs Arsenal ended up FA Cup winner, winning the FA Cup for a record 13th time thanks to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
The North London lead was merited, the way of it was more easy to refute, as Sanchez kept running on to his own chested assists – which seemed to touch his hand – and fired past Thibaut Courtois.
The strike was at first ruled out, with Ramsey also unmistakably offside but not meddling with play, but a minute consultation with the linesman makes the referee Anthony Taylor signal a goal and Gunners fans in the stands jubilate in a way that shakes the grounds of Wembley.
It was a prevailing first-half display from Arsenal, repeating arch-rival’s 3-4-3 formation after much success in the closing weeks of the season, and their only dissension heading into the break was that they didn’t double their lead.
Chelsea came in strong and improved after the break, with Diego Costa and Pedro going close, and looked to have lost their momentum with 20 minutes remaining when Victor Moses was awarded a second yellow card for diving only for Costa to level the scores.
The Spanish forward held off Rob Holding to smash the ball past David Ospina’s near post, with just 15 minutes Aaron Ramsey assisted by Olivier Giroud with practically his initially touch since coming in, to hit back with a header very quickly to make it 2-1
An FA Cup win compensates for what had been seemingly the most difficult season for Wenger in his two-decade reign in North London as he fights off fan dissents, and speculation over his future,
Arsenal: David Ospina, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck.
Substitutes: Olivier Giroud (for Welbeck, 77), Francis Coquelin (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 82), Mohamed Elneny (for Sanchez, 90)
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Victor Moses, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic, Pedro, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa.
Substitutes: Cesc Fabregas (for Matic, 60), Willian (for Pedro, 72), Michy Batshuayi (for Costa, 88).
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